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Nothing says summertime like frozen ice pops! When I was little, our Southern California neighborhood was filled with local paleta cart vendors. Everyday we would hear vendors chiming their bells and shouting “Paletas, Paletas”. If I remember correctly, we paid $2.00 for a single paleta, but the fruity flavors is exactly what we needed to beat the Californian heat.
Now that I’m older and have since moved several states away, paleta vendors are a thing of the past. I can purchase already made paletas locally in my market’s freezer or I can make them myself and create flavors that remind me of my childhood in Southern California. Becuase Dole Frozen Fruit is harvested at the peak of ripeness, consumers are getting the finest quality fruit all year around.
Paletas are very simple to make. Today I’m making Strawberry & Banana Paletas. You can purchase DOLE Whole Strawberries in your markets freezer section and add a few key ingredients to create your own sweet treat. One reason I love using DOLE Frozen Fruit Bags is it’s mess free! There is no cutting, washing, or peeling required. Plus the re-sealable stay-fresh pouch allows you to easily store your frozen fruit until you need it again.
To begin, I separate 1/2 a bag of DOLE Frozen Fruit Bags, half will be pureed. The other half will go into the blender with other ingredients to create the thick liquid needed for our paletas.
Combine 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, 4 tbsp of horchata mix (a coconut drink mix you can purchase in your Latino food aisle), 1/2 a package of frozen fruit and 2 cups of water into the blender and use the pulse option for 15-20 seconds. Pour in a separate container.
Take the remainder of your frozen fruit and puree for 10 seconds. You want to see fruit bits and pieces. If you prefer, you can add slice your fruit and add to your paleta trays that way as well. Because Dole Frozen Fruit is washed and frozen no later than the day after it is picked, each strawberry has amazing texture and flavor to it.
Add fruit bits and pieces to to the bottom of your paleta / frozen pop molds then pour and fill your molds with the fruit mixture you blended first. If you prefer you can also add your fruit chunks in the middle instead. Cover your paleta tray then free for 2-3 hours. Once your paletas are complete, call the kids outside to enjoy your frozen fruit masterpiece. This summer staple will clinch your title of Mami of the Year!
We always have several packaged of DOLE frozen fruit because they offer a large variety of flavors and contain all-natural fruit with no sugar added. We make breakfast smoothies, use them to create desserts and in today’s case, make paletas for an afternoon summer treat.
DOLE Frozen Fruit Bags comes in several flavors including Wildly Nutritious Tropical Fruit, Wildly Nutritious Mixed Berries, Wildly Nutritious Mixed Fruit, Whole Strawberries, Wild Blueberries, Sliced Strawberries, Raspberries, Sliced Peaches, Mango, Pineapple Chunks, Dark Sweet Cherries, Blueberries and Blackberries.
See, I just scored some major points with the kids!
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